How to climb five of the most spectacular.

Volcanic eruptions are never far from the news in Indonesia; smack bang on the Pacific Ring of Fire it’s home to some 120 active volcanoes. Recently, both Sinabung and Kelud have erupted; with disastrous consequences for local communities and knock-on effects to flights in and out of the country. But these iconic mountains are both a blessing and a curse, attracting plenty of thrill-seeking tourists looking to climb them. If the recent eruptions have sparked your curiosity, here’s a guide to climbing some of the better known Indonesian volcanoes.

If you want to get really obsessive about this, then visit Gunung Bagging (Gunung is Bahasa for mountain), a forum for people looking to reach the summit of as many Indonesian volcanoes and mountains as possible.